This is next week, should be a good un... we've just added Denmark's Champagne Riot (aka Caspar from Northern Portrait's other band) to the bill too, which should be a fun start to the evening.
Fortuna POP! presents
ALLO DARLIN’ + THE GRAVE ARCHITECTS + CHAMPAGNE RIOT
Wednesday 17th November, Doors 7.30pm
Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, Kingsland Viaduct, Shoreditch,
London EC2A 3AY
Nearest tubes: Old Street/ Liverpool Street
Tel: 020 7749 7844
Advance: £7.50 from We Got Tickets / £9 Door
Allo Darlin' are many things. They can turn a room in a famous punk venue into a joyous, jumping, sweaty, pop-mosh pit. Or bring a room of 500 to hushed silence with the few strums of a ukulele and a love song about cooking. Among the many shows they’ve played have been End Of The Road, Indietracks, and SXSW festivals. They’ve had glowing reviews in places such as the Metro, The Fly and The Guardian, the latter calling their "Henry Rollins" single "the best indiepop song for years", while their next single “The Polaroid Song” made it into the Drowned in Sound Top 50 Singles of 2009. They've also had airplay on BBC Radio 1 & 2, BBC 6music and XFM and were recently selected by Steve Lamacq as his personal choice for BBC Radio’s Introducing week. Their self-titled debut album was released to universal acclaim earlier this year and a new single "My Heart Is A Drummer" will be released on November 15th.
“Terrific, witty and heartfelt, like a less moody Belle & Sebastian” (The New York Times)
THE GRAVE ARCHITECTS
Born with a broken heart The Grave Architects have picked themselves up, dusted themselves down and written their way to the top, garnering praise from the NME, plays on Radio Nottingham and a mention on the local council website along the way. Since forming in 2005 The Grave Architects are now seasoned hands at the pulling heart strings out, stretching them once around the funny bone and plucking them to the wet crash of tiny tears. Think a hopped-up Jonathan Richman, or maybe the kookier elements of Pavement or Pulp with a dash of Ween and The Moldy Peaches. A bit folk, a bit country, a bit indiepop, a bit hip-hop, the Grave Architects make fun pop. Their single "I Love My Bike" very nearly stormed the charts earlier this year.
“Meet the Coen Brothers of rock – off the wall, touching and very, very funny… From Johnny Cash-esque country jangles to strangely credible old-school raps, whatever genre the Architects dabble in, entertainment remains the blueprint." (New Noise)
Champagne Riot is Caspar Bock and Anders Reuter. Recording from a damp basement in the violent concrete ghetto of Copenhagen they make electronic pop songs, which are true, necessary and straight from the heart. Their universe is part rebellion, part romance. Part sugar, part lunacy. Part daydreaming - part nightly raids. 0% phony and 100% real. No compromises, no common sense and no plan B.
The band surely have their indie credentials in place, having had releases on both Matinee and Shelflife in the states, and you should also recognise Caspar from his bass duties with Denmark's finest Northern Portrait. Though they have also been championed by poptastic website Pop Justice with three "Songs of the day" in the last few years, so expect them to bring the party.
"We love the band for their warm and charismatic, slightly maudlin pop tuneague... Splendid" (Pop Justice)